Preparing the next generation of scientific and technological leaders. 

SEPT. 8-11 | ANN ARBOR, MI

Applications for the 2020 workshop are now closed.

 
NextProf Nexus is a three-day program that is part of a nationwide effort to strengthen and diversify the next generation of academic leaders in engineering. This preeminent event is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore and prepare for a faculty position in academia. 

Join a select cohort of diverse engineering Ph.D. students, recent doctoral graduates and top faculty and deans from around the country. NextProf Nexus is designed to encourage academic careers from traditionally underrepresented U.S. demographic groups and  is open to individuals of any ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, veteran status, socio economic status, first generation to college status, and religion. 

We strongly encourage women and traditionally underrepresented groups at U.S. institutions who are senior-level Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral researchers or early-career scientists and researchers in the field of engineering to apply. 
 
Attendees will leave NextProf with a clear understanding of the academic job market and how to navigate the rigors of first faculty positions.
  • Meet mentors and future collaborators
  • Attend panel discussions with successful faculty
  • Learn about the faculty search process
  • Prepare for the academic job market
  • Plan for the rigors of first faculty positions
  • Understand how to build a successful research program
 

Apply

Applications for the 2020 workshop are now closed.

Please follow the instructions below. 

Application Materials 

  1. Current CV in PDF format. Save the file as “Last Name-First Name_CV.pdf”

  2. A statement of your interest in the NextProf program addressing the following:
    • What interests you about an academic career?
    • Which of your experiences in research, teaching and/or mentoring have shaped your future career plans
    • What do you expect to gain by participating in the NextProf Workshop?

      Your statement should be no more than one-page, single spaced, 12-point font (Arial or Times New Roman). Include your name and date at the top of the page. Save the file as a PDF with the filename format “Last Name-First Name_Interest.pdf”
  3. A diversity statement that describes your commitment to excellence and diversity, addressing past and or potential contributions to advance equity and inclusion through research, teaching, or service. Your statement should be no more than one-page, single spaced, 12-point font (Arial or Times New Roman). Include your name and date at the top of the page.  Save the file as a PDF with the filename format “Last Name-First Name_Diversity.pdf”

For suggestions regarding the statement of interest, please refer to the selection criteria above.

Letter of Recommendation

Applicants must obtain a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or supervisor. Please note: if you were nominated for the NextProf Workshop by a faculty member, you do not need to complete this section or share the recommendation form link.

Applicants may upload the letter of recommendation with their application or share the recommendation form link below with their intended advocate. The form includes a brief questionnaire and instructions for submitting a PDF letter of recommendation, which should address the following:

  • The candidate’s preparedness and readiness for a faculty position.  
  • The candidate’s research and level of scholarship, teaching ability and commitment to diversity and excellence.


Program

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NextProf Nexus is a three-day workshop taking place in Ann Arbor, MI from September 8 through September 11, 2020. Travel details and costs will be arranged for accepted applicants. More information coming soon. 

Important Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: June 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT
  • Applicants Notified of Decision: July 24, 2020
  • Deadline to Accept Offer: July 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT


Selection Criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have an interest in a faculty career in engineering
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a demonstrated a commitment to diversity and excellence

One requirement is a statement that demonstrates a commitment to diversity – describing your commitment to excellence and diversity, addressing past and/or potential contributions to advance equity and inclusion through research, teaching, or service.

Here are some suggestions that might help you prepare your statement.

  • Can you describe a personal experience that shaped your attitude about the importance of diversity in academic leadership?
  • Are you involved in committees or groups that work to engage your community on issues around diversity?
  • In a faculty position, what are some strategies you might pursue to help achieve goals related to your commitment to diversity?

An ideal NextProf candidate can express a passion for teaching and interest in making engineering academia a more inclusive and rewarding experience for all students, and has a desire to positively influence institutional conversations about diversity.

All costs are covered for accepted applicants.

Contact Us

NextProf Nexus 2020 will be hosted at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. For more information and questions about the 2020 program, please consult the FAQ or contact 2020nexus@umich.edu

Program & Deadlines

Nominate a Candidate

Nominations for the 2020 workshop are now closed.

For general information about the NextProf workshops, please visit the NextProf website.

The 2020 NextProf Nexus workshop will be held virtually.